Transfer Crazy

With the fallout from the Neymar transfer still happening, it comes as no surprise to see that some of the recent transfers have seen silly money bandied about either directly or indirectly from the Brazilian’s move to Paris Saint Germain.

High price transfers are of course nothing new, but it is when you start seeing clubs throw money about, just because they can you begin to think what the hell? August has certainly been one of those months.

The same day as the Neymar transfer was agreed, Leicester City paid £25 million for a 20 year old, yes 20 year old Kelechi Iheanacho. Yes he may share the same birthday as me, but was he really worth £25 million? He had netted 12 goals in 46 games for Manchester City but maybe Leicester were banking on his international record of 6 goals in 10 for Nigeria. It will be interesting to see how he does at City and how he plays alongside Jamie Vardy. If he can bag the goals and push Leicester City forward again then maybe he might just be worth that £25 million, but I somehow doubt it.

Shortly after that, Southampton signed central midfield Mario Lemina, a young player with some prospect. The midfielder left Juventus after 29 games over two seasons with Southampton paying just over £15.4 million, which could rise to £18 million. He had initially spent time at Juve on loan before the deal was made permanent in 2016 that would keep him at the Serie A champions until 2020.  Yet a year later he is off to ply his trade on the south coast in the Premier League.

The notion that British players are overpriced seemed to come into play when Watford signed Andre Gray from Burnley. Whilst his early career in the lower leagues and upto the Championship was fruitful, nine goals in thirty two Premier League games certainly wasnt something to justify a fee of £18 million or so.

Compare this to Blaise Matuidi a proven international and multi title winner who moves from Paris Saint Germain to Juve for £27 million.

Chris Wood moved from Leeds to Burnley for around £15 million. Apart from a brief spell with Leicester in the Premier League he had previously had a disappointing spell with West Brom he had spent more time in the Championship which had hardly been fruitfull. His spell at Leeds Utd had proved to be more productive with 41 goals in 83 games. Still not sure he’s worth £15 million.

There are still days to go until the transfer window closes which means that there is plenty of time for transfers to be made and plenty of time for over the top transfers.

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Neymar – The fee to end all fees?

It would appear that PSG have not just broken but shattered the current transfer record held following Pogba joining Manchester United from Juventus. That fee was £89 m, the new record is £200 million. Of course there was a brief snag when La Liga officials refused to accept the buy out fee. The Spanish association don’t believe that the French club can legitimately purchase the Brazilian outright. They believe that the club have breached the Financial Fair Play rules and will report the Qatari owned French club to UEFA.

The FFP rules that came into being in the 2011-12 season state that European football clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30 million euros. Paris Saint Germain have been penalised for previously breaching the Financial Fair Play rules. Back in 2014 a £167 million commercial deal with Qatar’s Tourism Authority was seen to be an unfair value. The punishment was a £20 million fine, spending capped to £49 million and a reduced Champions League squad.

Whilst the fee is one thing, the remaining fees are quite staggering and eye watering. Before tax the Brazilian will earn £782,000 A WEEK (865,000 euros) which equates to £40.7 million A YEAR (45 million euros). The cost over 5 years will total a staggering £400 million.

So what now for transfer fees? It seems  a long time ago since the first £1 million player. That player was Giuseppe Savoldi joined Napoli from Bologna. It was another Italian who broke the record just the following year with Paolo Rossi moving from Juventus to Vicenza. The English record Trevor Francis was Britain’s record transfer fee at £1.2 million. Transfer fees have shot up and with tv money involved and billionaire owners, we have now come to this position. We have seen £30 plus million for goalkeepers, £50 million for defenders (some not being worth it) the Paul Pogba deal and now Neymar. Naturally there has been an increase of modest proportions, but PSG have now probably seemingly nailed the door shut on any further transfer record broken.

I mean £200 million wont be beaten? Surely….